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. see you tomorrow. ♪ ♪ >> doug: the violence in syria reaches fever pitch as assad deals with a major defection. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> doug: good evening. i'm doug mckelway in for bret baier. christmas did not bring peace to syria. death toll rises each day with the estimates as high as 4,000 lives lost. president bashar assad struggled to hold on to power, the regime is still dealing with a major defection by a top general. leland vittert has the developments. >> reporter: continues to use helicopter and fighter jets at will. rebels now have the momentum. the amateur video confirmed shows the rebels fighting for back of the pickup trucks and turned in to machine gun carriers and they tighten it on the base. the less equip rebels fighting for whatever fire power they can find or build. this is a school that has been taken over by the assad thugs explained this rebel. before launching a homemade rocket from nearby building. other videos from around the country show free syrian army fighters using the same crude weapon. however, turning citizens to seasonals with little o
power and the russians aren't interested in plan that leaves assad in power. the russian speak of a bloody chaos that could occur, the rebels are making significant gains, gaining momentum. one rebel fighter says we're going to fight all the way to bashar al-assad palace. you have the priors for both sides, sectarian civil war and proxy war in the sense russia and iran are protecting assad and the other gulf states are supporting the rebels that are fighting fiercely. as long as they're willing to keep fighting, proxies supply them with money, political cover and weapons, so it's difficult to see how a peaceful solution will happen while everybody on the sidelines is pouring money in to continue the war. >> neil: the. >> the civil war in syria contributing to a growing refugee crisis. >> crisis is putting it lightly. there's 150,000 refugees in turkey. that number is growing expo tensionally. not only are people flowing across the border into turkey and jordan. thousands a day are trying to flee their homes and flee this violence. these people have to be fed, closed and during
general decided to defect to join the uprising against the sir ran president assad. the head of the military police appeared in a video aired on middle eastern news saying he's joining, quote, the people's revolution because, quoting again, the army derailed from the basic mission of protecting people and has become a gang for killing and destruction. this could be one of the most senior military defections in the nearly two-year long civil war that activists say killed more than 40,000 people but it has not stopped the syrian government from attacking its own men, women, and children. a human rights group reports the regime shelled a bakery and killed 20 people, including at least eight children. we cannot independently confirm that. we're joined by a journalist who specializes on middle east affairs. this is a significant defection, lisa, and it appears from the you don't see that you have bashar al-assad losing his grip on power. >> absolutely. this is one of the most significant diminishing of power for the bashar al-assad regime. we've seen the military be a full support
action against bashar al-assad. russia invited the head of the movement to russia for peace talks. today the opposition leader said he won't go. and he demanded an apology from russia for supporting president assad. leland vitter, why won't the rebels step down? >> trace, simply put, the rebels don't view russia as an honest broker. he'd been supporting assad two years. the rebels believe time is on their side. if you look at the latest video that's coming out of syria, a rebel army is better organized, better armed, better equipped, they've taken areas in the north and are tightened the noose on assad's power basis, the cities in the central part of the country like the capital of damascus. they also believe they can fight all the way to pushing president assad out of power. that may be what the russians are most worried about. russians have a key naval base in the city of tartoose and may are worried if rebels come in, they'll lose any influence inside of syria and are starting to beginning the process of hedging bets against assad and see if they can make inroads with the rebels. >> t
for weeks laying siege before making the final push tkafrplt thpush today. the regime of bashar al-assad has losing control of the territory in the pass few months. >> many u.s. servicemen are expressing a desire to be with their families. for now they have each other and a pretty nice spread to boot. >> i wish i could be home with family and friends but all the people are so cool. >> this is a time where everyone gets together and shares good food, and laughter, and it's a good time of year. i certainly would like to westbound my family at home but we're serving here in afghanistan for a good cause so i'm happy to be there. >> no soldier left behind. nato forces are due to withdraw from the country on 2014, they are speeding up the efforts to train the afghan military units before they pull out. >> it looks like george h.w. bush will be spending his christmas in the hospital. he has been undergoing treatment for a bronchitis-like cough since november. doctors are cautiously optimistic that president bush's son, former president george w. bush has been among the visitors at the hospital. no
saying they will discuss putting down the weapons when bashar assad leaves power. are you are russia long supported assad with weapons and host to russia only foreign naval base in the syrian city of tarqtus. with assad's army playing defense, the russian peace plan appears to be an attempt to hedge their bet on assad making the inroads with the rebels. that will be hard. as rebel video uploaded to youtube show unexploded russian made bombs littering the syrian cities. this is a bomb fired on civilians in aleppo explains a rebel fighter with the russian writing clearly visible on the weapon's fin. most bomb, though, explode, like this one caught on amateur video yesterday. nearly every day they post video of recruit joining the fight. the flag visible above the rocket propelled grenade and machine gun. jihadists are often the best ware warriors. recent reports show they lay siege to military north. battle led by the hardcore islamist fighters. russia pith from the staunch ally of the syrian regime to attempted peace broker lanelly a distinction without a difference. assad has unwavering s
government. both the assad regime and the opposition rejected it because it would involve the two sides sharing power. now they want to revive the plan but is it desirable? >> the reason simply because assad once he begins to loosen the absolute control of he has of everybody around him in the military he is severely weakened and very vulnerable to being killed even by the people around him. so he knows that in the back of his mind. it is all or nothing proposition for him similar to saddam hussein and qaddafi. even the rebels themselves. they have lost 40,000 in this fight and they're not about to share power with anybody. particularly the assad government. i mean these are people they have been fighting now for almost two years. patti ann: yeah. >> so it's not in the cards. patti ann: yeah. and the plan is vague when it comes to assad specifically during that summer meeting in geneva. there was a push to call specifically for assad's ouster but russia opposed that. and as you say, assad is not going to go quietly. russia though very involved. how important is russia's role in all of t
the syria president bashar assad. russia someone of syria's last allies and has rejected all united nations efforts to take action against the aassad. leland vittert with the news live from our middle east bureau. leland, why why don't the rebels want to negotiate? >> quite frankly, right now, harris, they don't have to. time is is on their side. momentum son their side. they are beginning to tighten the noose on president assad. especially around his capital damascus. secondly the rebels don't really believe the russians. they don't trust them as honest brokers and perhaps that's with good reason. rebel videos uploaded to youtube show russian made bombs uploaded. this is a boom fired on cities aleppo with the russian writing clearly visible on the weapon's fenn. most bombs though explode like this one caught on amateur video yesterday as it was dropped from a low-flying russian-made meg. russia has long supported assad with weapons and protected diplomatically as key ally and hope to russian's only foreign rebel naval base. with assad's army now playing defense, the russian peace plan appe
the rebels are certainly getting pounded by bashar al-assad's air force from above and his air force still controls much of the skies. its becoming a particularly critical situation on the ground inside a number of the rebel strongholds because the medical supply shortage is happening. you have these mass casualty events like the bomb eupblgs and therbombings and there is really no way to treat the victims. the rebels are gaining momentum, better armed and organized, better command and control facilities there inside of northern syria and they are trying to push into a number of towns which are controlled by those loyal to president bashar al-assad. this will be a real test for the rebels in the coming weeks because they have been used to mounting their attacks in the relative safety of cities which supported them and now awful a sudden they will be operating in truly hostile environments where they do not have the hearts and minds of the people themselves. the latest reports out of syria, though, show no progress on the diplomatic front. so far the one peace enjoy who has been able to mee
about the regime and president assad because he is now joining the rebels. this is may be why the russians are starting to think about talking to people. there are report that is the syrian deputy foreign minister now in moscow for talks possibly trying to negotiate some kind of settlement, some kind of transition. how that would look where it would be anrd early transition rather than this civil war pushing out what is left with the regime whether that would be okay with the syrian rebels is left to be seen. the number one thing to watch is russia but the wildcard here is iran. they have been key to their support of president assad, sending him weapons, even men and members of the revolutionary guard to help fight and lead syrian soldiers in this civil war. if russia goes by the side and tries to negotiate a settlement you look to iran and does iran continue to push president assad, continue to support him, or, does iran back down? that is what we'll actually see some change there on the ground in syria, jamie. jamie: i think you hit it on the head because clearly iran is med
assad in this conflict. they don't really want to deal with the russians, hence turning down the invitation. the rebels now think time is on their side. the momentum is on the battlefield has shifted. for so long the rebels were outgunned and outmaneuvered. they hold major parts of northern part of the syria and major population centers in the center of the country that president assad up till now had control. one rebel fighter said we'll fight all the way to president assad's palace. the rebels don't see a reason to negotiate while president assad is in power. the while the offer from the russians may not be so significant is the fact they're making it is significant. russia has a very critical port along the syrian course along the mediterranean the port of tartuse. russia is trying very hard to keep tear influence inside syria and may be trying to play both sides of the coin here. they want to keep assad so they have influence with him and to hedge their bet to gain as much influence with the syrian rebels so if the rebels win they get to keep the port which is their only
to figure out a way to at least put their toe in the water, figuring a way to move president assad out. it doesn't appear at least that the russians have any altruistic values in it operation than they're likely to save their own influence inside syria than let jihadists or something take over that they can't talk to considering how serious russia and syria have been as allies the last couple years. look what is going on the ground. a general in charge of the military defense group, the military police there inside of afghanistan, inside of syria, pardon me, he just redecked over to turkey and is joining the rebels. this is the most serious high-ranking defects we've seen in a while. that shows another part of the momentum turning toward the rebels, away from the government who are becoming increasingly isolated inside of their cities, unable to project power. the army we heard is running out of supplies, though russia is still resupplying them as of now. but the rebels are becoming increasingly successful with their attacks. the big wildcard if russia tries to figure out a way to nego
president bashar assad. working to negotiate an end to the fighting of the syrian army and rebel forces. what happened in the the violence increased dramatically in recent days since his arrival. and just yesterday activist said a government air strike killed dozens of men, women and children. they were waiting in a bread line in central syria and dozens more civilians were wounded. this is amateur video it. it appears to show the aftermath. fox news working to confirm that. let's get back to leland vittert live on the west bank. what's the latest? >> jamie, the rebels are now claiming president assad's forces are using some type of poison gas or some type of chemical weapon against them. again, not something that we can confirm independently but if it is true, it would mark a major escalation. >> ache if i vistas upload offed a number of videos claiming to be victims receiving treatment in a local hospital. while the video is totally unconfirmable. it appears it show people suffering have tear gas and other irgantz and not suffering from chemical weapons like saran gas. time and moment
clearly with momentum on their side refuse to discuss a plan allowing assad to stay in power in the transition period. wounded fighter explained the rebel mentality. "we will keep going until we reach bashar assad's palace," he said, "from the hospital bed." rebels capturing more ground and prospect of a long civil war scene unavoidable. israel will do the utmost to defend itself against threat that the israeli prime minister in graduation from the pilot. netanyahu himself flew to jordan for a meeting with the king apt how to secure syria's chemical weapon. jordan knows firsthand problem of syria civil war. hundredhundreds if not thousandf syrian ref few gees enter the kingdom every day. we see bodies and blood in the streets says this man. heading to safety. >> in many ways the syrian civil war is a proxy war in arab world. both sides have little interest in peace deal and they are happy to supply weapons and money for as long as syrians are willing to kill each other. doug? >> doug: thank you, leland vittert. in a bold move, putin says he will sign a bill banning americans
against bashar al-assad shows no signs of slowing down. the bloody uprising blamed for tens of thousands of deaths. ralph peters is a fox news strategic analyst and joins us with more incite on this. how significant is this defection. >> it is significance. it's not by itself going to topple the regime. it's a real propaganda victory for the rebels. it tells us all that the last rats are deserting the sinking ship. he'll have very important information. in the syrian military the role of the military police is different than ours. the military police in syria, among other things they are the enforcers, behind the other shoulders making sure the other enforcers don't dessert, kill the people they are told to kill. this guy, this general is a real bad hombre, a real insider. bottom line, won't end things by itself but help the shirt does matter. heather: this all began roughly about 21 months ago with people protesting, asking for reforms. it turned into a civil war, estimates put about 40,000 people dead. are we any closer to the civil war being resolved? >> well, we are closer to bashar
seen the russians protect and on president assad for two years. they say this is a kind of situation or negotiating table that they want to get around. the rebels now believe that time is on their side. if we look at some of the video from the battlefields, we are seeing the momentum is starting to go their way during the battle that is on. they are better equipped, they have taken large parts of the northern part of the country, and they are also beginning to tighten around a lot of the central syrian cities, including damascus and trying to go all the way in videotapes, they said that they were going to go to bashar al-assad's house. the russians are changing their tune a little bit. the russians only foreign enable poor. one of the reasons they have been so locked up with they are thinking they want to keep their port. the russians are not the only one involved. lots of people sending weapons into syria. you have a war going on with the wrong, on the other side, you have weapons coming from saudi arabia and qatar in turkey and that is what is supplying the rebels in the civil war
to syria as chaos erupts. lockdarr will meet with bashar al-assad. he has had a hard time making headway in ending the civil war because neither side is interested in peace talks but he'll arrive to violence. there are reports of several people killed by a car bomb this weekend and new fighting erupted between the rebels and pro regime forces. also we're getting word there's been a bombing just crossing the wires, reuters report dozens have been killed and we'll give you more on that as we get it. >> in new delhi india, they're breaking up protest. demonstrators are calling for the death penalty for six men accused of gang raping a female student and through her from a bus. the protesters don't believe officials will follow through. right now that victim is fighting for her life in a new delhi hospital. >>> the mother of u.s. marine veteran is speaking out. her son finally heading home after four months in a mexican prison. this took my breath away yesterday. jon hammar this, marine who honorably served us in iraq and afghanistan was arrested when he went to mexico on a break. he happene
ones controlling what happens on the ground. you have assad the dictator fighting the muslim brotherhood and al qaeda fighters on the ground. you think that the bloodshed is bad now just wait and see what's happening on the ground. >> next topic sabotage against oil infrastructure. >> everyone focuses on the conflict between iran. especially saudi arabia and iran where they are fighting for control of the region. they have targeted the saudi oil infrastructure which direct limb packets our economy. something we can't handle very well. they put that on the target list is unusual. >> you are going to be on fox and friends a little lart so we can continue that conversation. ryan more row from radical islam.org. >>> it is 25 minutes after the hour. coming up the chief of the eta lisa jackson says she is quitting because she wants to spend more time with her family. e-mails may tell a different story. we will explain. a frightening up close look at a tornado ripping through one community. look at that right there. we will show you more of this and tell you where it was. this bible
much progress. >> they are concerned about the number. i recaller this week. bashar assad . the only hope for a solution is through the political talks. he and the russian foreign prime minister is ruling in syria untillet election takes place. secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to be back in the office next week. and she fainted and hit her head after being dehidrated from a stomach virus . what some are calling the benghazi shuffle . they are thought to have been relieved of duty . may be switching desks . some congress and joining us now is republican congressman chairman of the house foreign relation committee . trying to get information. of the four employees and were they fired or reassigned or on administrative leave. what have you heard? >> it is a shameful episode for the state department. they are bungling everything relate to bung bung. - benghazi. the americans asked near more security and consulate was over run by al qaeda operatives. and the administration wanted a web of lies of outrage of a video that slammed the prophet muhammad . that was bogus and now t
loyal to assad regime. they were allowed to go free after a firefight between captures and rebel forces. it's the dangers of this work. >> it's getting ever more dangerous, with each passing year we have lost 28 journalists in syria this year which rivals the worst, but the story has to be told. we are criticized if we don't tell the story and criticized reckless if we do. if write an editor as richard's story shows, i would not let a reporter go inside at this moment. >> jon: i know you were friend of the early reporters? >> very brave, pioneering reporter and her loss is felt to this day. >> these are the real journalists, who are risking their lives to tell the story. you got at npr who is fearless and edie who is one of the first female journalists in vietnam they deliver the real news. >> at a price that is just becoming too high. if you are responsible for these eports -- peerdz. >> there is a lot of volunteering on it? >> looking back on it. i don't think it's great to do. many journalists, if richard engel, one of the most experienced reporters in the field, its cautionary tale.
south african home. next syria a major blow to president bish char assad. the police chief in a videotape message. the major says the military is supposed to protect syria but has become gangs of killing and destruction. heather? >> thank you so much. like a lot of us up may have gotten a new tech gadget that may have you a little confused. fox and friends anchor clinton morris is here to answer questions. >> we got questions in from jew viewers. i got an hp lap top i want to put my phone to it but it says it will ee ras my ifshg phone data. >> you can do this. here's my tip. apple is moving away from sinking to a computer using a cord. in your phone or in your ipad go into icloud and start backing up using icloud that. means you don't have to be tethered to any one type of computer. but if you want to sink to your computer go on the new computer launch itunes as your new account type in your name and laufrp that account and when you connect that device you will be able to begin moving content over your songs and all of those things over. but i would say do icloud that way
. it doesn't look like there's any budging from either side. president assad still says that he is going to stay on and continue to fight there inside syria. the rebels say they will accept nothing short than the regime falling, all this amid the rebels continuing to make more and more advances, continuing to close the noose, if you will, on the battlefield especially around president assad's stronghold there in the capital of damascus. russia, though, is continuing to protect syrian president bashar al assad. obviously, that is the transitional plan that something along the lines of what the rebels would endorse would have assad leaf in the beginning -- leave in the beginning. this june peace plan put forth out of geneva calls for a transitional government, a new constitution and then elections. i don't think there's anybody that has much of a hope of that happening. the only thing that may change the russians' minds is they look at a chance the regime in syria is going to totally collapse meaning russia would lose all of its influence in what was one of its strongest allies around the
and irritant, no at chemical weapon like serrin gas. troops loyal to president bashar assad suddenly find themselves playing defense. force to abandon large swath of the north, they resorted to firing scud missiles in the direction of the rebel enclave. time and momentum appear on side of the rebels. video shows them using better tactics, fighting as coordinated army, better equipped by the weapons they capture from the syrian government bases. 200,000 bullets, 3,000 hand grenades and cannon inventory at aleppo captured over the weekend. >> there is aftermath of bombing. some videos show civilian casualties. proving the line between civilian and citizen soldiers is blurred. now the rebels will face far greater challenge as they push government troops back and fight in cities they are no longer among friendly population. >> many observers note they have at least nine lives of proverbial cat. reports indicated his army was running dangerously low on diesel fuel. now we know the russians resupplied him. he is defiant. peace envoy left damascus in the past couple of hours and said there is li
finish last. he sea nice guy on the fiscal cliff. naughty, the worst man on the planet is bashar assad. 40,000 debt and thousands to come after he is driven out of office. you can't get naughtier than that. >> doug: what is his fate? >> three fates. he stays in power, unlikely, he is killed. probably by his own people if he tries to escape. or he could try to escape to a can on the, independent in the '20z. that is his strieb. tribe. it's walled off and create mini country, which is possible. on the sea, so iranians and the russians could support him. that is the least likely but would create chaos because the civil war continues forever. >> but a pariah and a marked man. >> he should be. whatever he gets he deserves. i don't think it's a good ending. >> thank you. that will do it for panel. stay tuned for really professional message from the four bears. as in bret baier's. [ laughter ] smoke? nah, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicoderm cq, the patch with time release smart control technology that acts fast and helps
the rebels and assad's forces. dealt a big blow after a top general defected citing violence against civilians. six are dead after a powerful winter storm system moved through northeast causing blizzard conditions for many and slower holiday travel. look at where you can expect delays. president obama spending the last few hours in hawaii relaxing before he heads back to washington to hope to get a deal and avoid the fiscal cliff. we look at what happens if the deal does not happen. spoiler alert, it will cause you money. grapevine, david gregory could be in trouble for a segment on his sunday show. we show you what happened. "special report" starts at 6:00 p.m. eastern standard time. now back to new york and "the five." ♪ ♪ ♪ >> kimberly: is it a horrible offense to be too good look? apparently so in iowa. they ruled a dentist james night had a right to fire his dental assistant melissa nelson for being too irresistible. and a perceived threat to his marriage. nelson worked in the office for ten years said she viewed knight as father figure and was fired after his wife complai
. we'll tell you who it is and what it could mean for president bashar al-assad coming up. gregg: a surfer fighting off a shark after having part of his hand literally ripped off. we'll tell you how he managed to save his own life and how his friends helped to save him as well. >> they did a marvelous job as well hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios gregg: ♪ dominic the donkey ♪. gregg: it is not at sight you see every day. dominic the donkey going for a stroll in indianapolis of all places. giving a cop a tough time trying to catch her. galloping around what appears to be a parking lot. >> she doesn't seem like she is bothering too many people. we keep getting calls about her. we need to get close to her. >> you will not get that close to her. i tried three days. she is wild. first time she got loose. when she get loose she enjoy her freedom and doesn't want to be caught. gregg: there is so much i can say about that. the animal now named sai
of a total collapse? >> reporter: it certainly seems that way, gregg, if and when president assad falls and splitting apart along the seams but the seams are drawn along religious lines. late video coming to us at a what rebels call a bakery bombing allegedly syrian air force dropped bombs. a lot of keen observers looking at video it appears there is lot of armed men wearing camouflage among the wounded or possibly dead there, calling into question whether this was a bakery line or whether this was some type of rebel camp. either way it is clear that the rebels are inside of these cities and that's where they are taking hold and moving and around the population. this is what happens sadly in these kind of civil wars. we know they're inside syria. there is increasing medical shortage going on in terms of the ability to treat any of the victims, whether they be civilians or rebel fighters from these kinds of airstrikes. it really boils home as much as we've been talking about the ability of the syrian rebels to push into other cities, that the syrian air force still controls the skies and
they believe will help in the fight against the assad regime. violence is escalating including a governmental air strike on a bakery in a small town and activists report that dozens of people have been killed in that attack. >> heather: two women passing through texas claim that they were molested during a traffic stop. the incident was caught on dashcam video. you can see that right here. what it shows and why police they pulled them on over. >> gregg: investigators taking dna samples from bodies of notorious killers executed more than 50 years ago. the dark secrets of these men may keep straight ahead. >> plus, the holiday shopping season is creating a near record number of seasonal jobs but will it help it with the unemployment situation? >> gregg: we'll talk to brenda buttner coming up. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is
for the release. rupert murdoch launches into the successor role of news of the world. president bashar al-assad and a cease-fire agreement, negotiated by former u.n. secretary. tens of thousands of people killed since march of last year. the death toll continues climbing almost daily. green on blue insider attacks increasing in afghanistan. one in 50 u.s. and international soldiers killed this year by their afghan partners. it is pop and circumstance for great britain's queen elizabeth ii. china becomes the third country behind the u.s. and russia to use successfully dock and land spacecraft. libya holding its first free election in six years. 2.7 million voters choosing a 200 member assembly, and they draft libya's constitution. after three of the country's power grid's collapse, they experienced the largest blackout in the world. 640 million people without power. london's 2012 summer olympic games proves to be a record-breaking sporting events. michael phelps becomes the most decorated olympian of all time. twenty-two olympic medals. an online anti-muslim film sparking protests around the wor
up fresh talks with president bashar assad said that the two had discussed taking, quote, many steps to help end the violence. ♪ gregg: back in washington, d.c., anxiety is rising over a plan to avert spending cuts and big tax hikes by january 1. the growing number of lawmakers say they are deeply skeptical that a deal can be reached in the next seven days, and we're beginning to hear new reports suggesting the president may have a smaller deal in mind, one that will keep tax rates where they are and, again, put off the issue of spending cuts. chris stirewalt, fox news digital politics editor, host of "power play" on foxnews.com, chris, good to see you. i was reading your recent column, i want to put a portion of it up on the screen, and i'll quote you: gregg: explain what you mean. >> a cheerful christmas thought, gregg. [laughter] merry, merry. no, when we look back at 2012, if you take a minute and look back at the arc of this year in politics, what you saw was the smallest -- it was the most expensive, but it was the smallest presidential election maybe if history. we didn't ta
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